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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 18th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

Upcoming Salons

Get Lit: Desert Humanities with Celina Osuna
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

What is our relationship to the desert? What are the benefits of honoring the desert's abundance? What can we learn to reimagine the future? Join scholar, arts administrator, and Assistant Director of Desert Humanities Dr. Celina Osuna for a conversation on the beautiful abundance of the desert at this month's Get Lit!

Get Lit: A Robot Helped Me Write This with Andrew Dana Hudson
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

What is the promise and peril of artificial intelligence for the literary arts? Tools built on OpenAI's GPT-3 technology can generate convincing and semi-coherent original prose. How can writers use these tools to get themselves inspired or unstuck? What kinds of novelty and can we find using these tools? What does AI mean for the future of authorship and the future of the writing profession?